In her Christmas message, the Rev Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, has talked of the harsh realities and disappointments of life in 2009 and linked them to the abiding promise of the Christmas story.
In the midst of worldwide publicity about the physical assault on him, Pope Benedict XVI focused his Christmas message on human hope, social justice and divine love arising from the narrative of Jesus' birth.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams used his Christmas sermon to encourage people towards healthy mutual dependence rather than consumer driven self-assertion. He also said children were being forced into adulthood too fast.
The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, used his Christmas Midnight Mass message at Westminster Cathedral to criticise the idea that happiness comes from wealth, status, celebrity and how we are regarded by society.
Christmas is actually much more about the real world than it is about a lovely story of far off places in far off times, says David Gamble. It demands faithful action for justice from us, not religious evasions.
Today (7 January 2007) is the day of Christmas celebrations for 150 million Orthodox Christians across the world ‚Ä' the branch of the global Christian family which still claims the deepest links with the post-apostolic Church.